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Thursday, November 16, 2006 real street photography

"The photographer-activist, JR, converts his pictures into posters and transforms our streets into universal open-air galleries. From Los Angeles to Berlin, he keeps his independence and illegal exhibits in the streets, which he considers to be his very own gallery.

After his first guerrilla exhibition on the walls of Montfermeil's ghetto's (93/370) in 2004, JR settled down right in the heart of the district collaborating with Ladj Ly, inhabitant of the ghetto, actor and director from the collective, Kourtrajmé.

Armed with a 28 mm lens, JR shot full frame portraits of young people from this neighbourhood and the nearby district of
The Forestière (Clichy-sous-Bois, 93). This no frills, straightforward
technique allowed them to get very close to this generation.

Interviewing them, without restrictions, on the recent events of
November 2005. The first portraits were illegally pasted on the east
walls of Paris, a district that was once run-down, but has now become a residency for the bourgeois bohemian, who are shielded from the flames.

With a certain « in your face » rudeness, they provoke passers-by and question the social and media representation of a generation that people only want to see outside the doors of Paris or on the news. The Book 28mm - portrait of a generation, is a collection of the 28 most meaningful portraits from the whole series.

Also included are some on the spot shots of moments shared with the young people of The Forestière, as well as several actions shots from the streets in 2005. "

" Emile Abinal "


Blogger hermajestythequeen said...

Interesting to use the 28mm for portraits in a so-called 'ghetto' (looks much like many council estates in England). However, the spontaneity of this is lost on me. It mostly seems forced/rehearsed to the point where one poor soul was being jabbed in the stomoch to produce the required facial expressions. I suppose may - the end justifies the means.

I suspect that lady ly put up a lot of money to get the posters produced and helped with the movie clips and so forth. Is this a massaging of some ego for both of them? Social statements like this are not new and it is easy for someone like myself to dismiss the work that went into this. The fact is that this guy is not a one minute wonder - relying on a free meal ticket from a gullible sponsor - he has been reasonably consistant in his 'statements. The idea of publishing results on a website together with 2 movie clips playing simultaneously is goo - even if the images were not all up to scratch. It will be interesting to see how this guy develops his style and produces something that is really good, fresh and original. 7/10 could do better see me after school.

4:42 pm  
Blogger hermajestythequeen said...

goo - is intended to have a d at the end - spelling good. However, there is a certain amount of goo in there. Perhaps he could take one of me visiting the ghetto with my Royal Crown at an odd angle pulling a face showing a full set of teeth... spontaneity lost here too eh? Maybe rush in with a glue pot and flypost on the wall opposite the palace? Oh - the rush of adrenalin... I think you have been caught out already. Needs development and some tlc. Harsh but true.

4:49 pm  

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